Los Angeles Nursing Home Lawyers Represent Victims of Fall Accidents
compensation for Falls at a Nursing Home
Nursing home falls are often a symptom of nursing home neglect. For example, when an elderly person falls because an employee of the nursing home is not properly supervising or assisting them, the negligent employee may be held accountable. Many nursing home falls commonly remain unreported. In spite of the lack of exact nursing home fall data, the CDC still receives about 100 to 200 reports of nursing home falls in each average-sized nursing home of about 100 beds every year.
These falls may cause a disability, a functional decline, and a reduced quality of life. Nursing home falls can cause personal and social damages to an elderly person, such as depression, anxiety, loss of function, feeling of hopelessness, and social isolation.
Causes of Nursing Home Falls
- Muscle Weakness: The basic and primary cause of falls among nursing home residents is muscle weakness or gait problems. It is estimated that about 24 percent of residents in nursing homes fall due to this.
- Environmental Hazards: Roughly 16 to 27 percent of falls among nursing home residents are attributed to environmental hazards. Normally these occur due to a wet floor, unbalanced beds, improperly fitted wheelchairs, and a poor lighting system.
- Medicines with Side Effects: Drugs with side effects could have a big impact on the body and muscles. The correct medication and timely personal management better the situation and prevent such falls.
- Moving Around: Movement from one place to another is a big cause of this type of falls. A careful and safe movement plan is necessary to prevent such falls. The employees' training is important for the safety of nursing home residents. Many of the nursing home fall cases occur due to the carelessness of employees in these homes.
Why Nursing Home Falls are Serious
First and foremost, nursing home falls can be fatal. Approximately 1,800 nursing home residents die from falls annually. Secondly, these falls can cause serious injuries. Between 2-6 percent of nursing home falls cause fractures. Finally, nursing home falls can cause disability and a decline in quality of life. This can plunge an elderly person into depression and isolation.
Nursing Home Neglect in Los Angeles
The majority of hazardous falls at nursing homes are the result of negligent supervision and care by the nursing home staff. Nursing home staff members must take extra precaution when it comes to nursing home falls. If your loved one is the victim of a fall at a nursing home that should have been prevented, call the Los Angeles nursing home neglect attorneys at Kahn Roven, LLP today at toll-free (844) 9-INJURED.